I’ve had many opportunities over the years to meet some very interesting people and one of the most interesting ones ever was fellow bad golfer Kelly Ireland from Tyler, Texas. Kelly was one of four finalists in the 1985 “Worst Avid Golfers” Tournament that was sponsored by “Golf Digest Magazine.” The four of us subsequently became lifelong friends.
(Above Right) The world famous "Tyler Rose"
We stopped at Kelly’s law office (he had been a former prosecuting attorney in Texas) and it was there that our story began. Kelly said that, “He had to show me something very special,” so my interested was immediately piqued.
Ernie was most impressed with my ball and he turned to the security guard and asked, ‘Why wouldn’t he sign this?’ The security guard said that Aaron, ‘Didn’t want to sign some white man’s baseball’. Banks, his anger rising further said, “Well we’ll see about that, come on.”
"I followed him into the training room," Kelly continued, and there lay Henry Aaron, face down getting a rubdown.